Re: [CR]Butchering a Brooks Swift saddle


Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 00:12:10 -0400
From: Joe Bender-Zanoni <joebz@optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Butchering a Brooks Swift saddle
To: chuckschmidt@earthlink.net, Classic Rendezvous <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <3F7659DC.C5365F70@earthlink.net>


That looks very nice indeed. What did you use to cut the leather and skive (is that right?) the edges?

Joe Bender-Zanoni
Great Notch, NJ


----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck Schmidt"
To: "Classic Rendezvous"
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 11:47 PM
Subject: [CR]Butchering a Brooks Swift saddle



> Recently there was a thread discussing the Brooks Swift with titanium
> rails and how some considered it too flexible.
>
> Here's what I did to mine. The main motivation was to stiffen it up and
> also at the same time to make it more in keeping with my '02 Waterford
> fixed gear built in the style of an English Road/Track bike (sometimes
> referred to as a Path Racer).
>
> I trimmed the nose and the rear of the saddle, and laced the sides of
> the saddle together after punching holes in the lower edge. All this in
> the style of traditional "butchering" (English term for modifying a
> stock saddle).
>
> Here's photos of the result:
> http://www.velo-retro.com/Brooks.jpg
>
> Feels much better in my personal opinion...

>

> Chuck Schmidt

> South Pasadena, CA

>

> .